LOS ANGELES -- The second edition of "Real Life With Jane Pauley" Tuesday night on NBC registered an 11.0 national Nielsen rating and a 20 percent audience share ...

That was good enough to win the time period against reruns of ABC's "thirtysomething" and CBS's "Tarzan in Manhattan," but it was down about 3.5 million TV viewers from last week's audience (represented by 13.3/25) ...

Each ratings point represents 921,000 TV homes ...

In Washington, Jane was a bigger winner on Channel 4, averaging a 13.8/26, almost double the network competition on Seven and Nine during the same hour ...

Most of the gang from "The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" was here yesterday to show off excerpts from the 90-minute 15th anniversary special that will air on PBS during fund-raising drives in December ... including Robin MacNeil, David Gergen and Mark Shields ...

The previously mentioned Ms. Pauley will make an appearance in the film because she's been a fan from MacNeil/Lehrer's earliest times ... it was the news show she would watch every night before turning in when she was on the "Today" show ...

We mention the dread F (for fund-raising) word right here because Channel 26 is very close to scrapping its usual August fund-raising format -- interrupting the shows for long appeals to the viewers for $$$ -- in favor of an experiment next month in which the station would rely only on a 900 number for pledges during the lengthy drive ...

A wonderful idea ...

Earlier yesterday, Paul Duke and three regulars from "Washington Week in Review" appeared before the semi-annual network tour to reassure about 20 reporters (the ranks are getting pretty thin after 2 1/2 weeks of this) that there will be no changes in WWIR's format in its 24th year ...

When asked if maybe the show could stand some loosening up, Steve Roberts of U.S. News & World Report said, "We can sum up what we don't want to do in two words -- Deborah Norville," which is another way of saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" ...

The TV critics also learned that WWIR pays its regulars, who are working without contracts, $300 an appearance, compared with the $500 they can get from showing up on CBS's "Face the Nation" or NBC's "Meet the Press" (journalists who can break into the "This Week With David Brinkley" crowd reportedly can draw $1,000!!) ...

Also appearing were Jack Nelson, Washington bureau chief of the L.A. Times, and Gloria Borger, from U.S. News ...

Former CBS News and NBC News executive John Lane has joined Pam Hill's Special Assignment unit at Cable News Network,where he will be senior manager and senior editorial producer ...

He replaces Alan Wiseman ...

Moving Right Along

PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting announced that some $4.1 million of its $10 million Program Challenge Fund has been allotted to six projects ...

$1 million goes to Channel 26 for "The History of Baseball," to be produced by Ken Burns, whose Florentine Films has just completed the epic "Civil War," which airs in September on PBS ...

The game of baseball since the 1900s will be the peg to explore issues such as women and racism in sports ...

Another entry for the crowded Sunday morning public affairs roster in the Washington market: a new half-hour weekly series called "Asia Now," produced by KCTS in Seattle and NHK, the government network in Japan ... which will air at 11:30 a.m. starting Aug. 5 on Channel 26 ...

The series, which will cover the news from 25 Asian countries, will be co-anchored by Jim Hartz, former "Today" and WRC anchor, and Hiroko Kuniya of NHK ...

The series reunites Hartz and his old Channel 4 news director Bruce MacDonnell, who will produce the program ...

When "Head of the Class" returns to the ABC schedule as a replacement series next season, British comedian Billy Connolly will replace Howard Hesseman. He'll play an exchange teacher from Scotland, which ought to explain the accent ...

Victoria Corderi has been named permanent co-anchor with Charles Osgood of the "CBS Morning News" and the news segments of "CBS This Morning" ...

Corderi, who in January was transferred to New York from CBS's Miami bureau, joined CBS News in 1985 ...

She succeeds Faith Daniels, who left CBS in March to join NBC as anchor of "NBC News at Sunrise" and the news segments of the revamped "Today" show ...

Today on Channel 4 at 4, "Inside Edition" profiles CBS News chief White House correspondent Lesley Stahl with a behind-the-scenes look at the White House press corps. Stahl compares the administrations of former presidents Carter and Reagan, and President George Bush.

And Finally

Say. Can somebody please tell me what's been wrong with Captain Airwaves lately? He's been sitting out there by the Olympic-size pool, growling at the little children frolicking in the shallows ...

Snapping at their nannies ...

... At their nannies and at the towel girl ...

That lovely young woman who's working her way through Cal Tech? ...

The same ...

Well, I know one major reason he's turned into such a grouch. Happened at the NBC party a few nights back ...

But that was a lovely gathering. I remember it well. Fancy barbecue. Tony Curtis was there ...

Mr. Excitement himself. Anyway. At one point in the proceedings a lad from a newspaper in far northern Canada made his way through the admiring throng and tugged at Airwaves' coat sleeve ...

Yes? said Airwaves in that distant but kindly manner we both know so well ...

He can be downright regal sometimes ...

"I just figured out who you look like," said the chap. Well, like a damned fool, Airwaves bit (after entertaining, he told me later, visions of Mel Gibson) ...

And who would that be, young man? he asked in that courtly way of his ...

"William Windom." ...